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A member of the Irish delegation works on his computer in the main lobby of the United Nations headquarters, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded and most events related to the gathering will be held virtually.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UN diplomacy goes impersonal, but what’s lost along the way?

Sep. 22, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

Each year, for nearly seven decades, the spectacle has unfolded in grand and scripted fashion: Leader after world leader striding to the podium inside the colossal U.N. General Assembly chamber to uncork carefully calibrated speeches, posture publicly and speak the language of statecraft. And each year, in the...

A man walk past portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at United Nations headquarters. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded. Most events related to the gathering will be held virtually. No access to world leaders on the U.N. grounds will be possible, therefore, and access to most anything will be extremely curtailed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a session during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Guterres appealed to donor countries and others at the start of a WHO-led meeting on the initiative, known as the Act Accelerator,  to pitch in $35 billion for a World Health Organization-led initiative that aims to speed the research and development of tests, treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

UN chief: No UN support for reimposing Iran sanctions now

Sep. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council. The U.N. chief said in a letter to the council president obtained Sunday by The Associated...

Metal barricades line the the shuttered main entrance to the United Nations headquarters, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York.  With the COVID-19 pandemic still circling the globe, world leaders are skipping their annual gathering in New York and will make pre-recorded speeches this week on the state of a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtually

Sep. 19, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With COVID-19 still careening across the planet, the annual gathering of its leaders in New York will be replaced this year by a global patchwork of prerecorded speeches, another piece of upheaval in a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy by a pandemic with no endpoint in sight. As...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

Cyprus: UN call to revive peace talks gets edgy welcome

Sep. 17, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Both sides on ethnically divided Cyprus on Thursday welcomed the United Nation chief’s expressed intention to soon start thawing out a frozen peace process, but it’s still unclear whether that effort could lead to full-fledged reunification talks. U.N. Secretary-General...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...

FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants, in Sirte, Libya. The warring parties in Libya and their international backers — the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar — violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Leader of Libya’s UN-backed gov't wants to hand over power

Sep. 16, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya’s U.N.-supported government said Wednesday night that he wants to hand over power to a new administration in October, amid peace talks on ending the country’s yearslong conflict. Fayez Serraj said the U.N.-brokered talks between the country’s rival...

UN chief urges Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate now

Sep. 16, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday to seize the opportunity for negotiations following the diplomatic agreements between Israel and two Gulf Arab states that resulted in the suspension of any Israeli annexation of territory that the...